Model caribou spear, made by Ohto - 2018.21.7_1


Model caribou spear, made by Ohto

Maker: Inuit (Ihalmiut)
Medium:Wood, caribou scapula, metal
Geography: Nueltin Lake, Kivalliq Region, Nunavut
Date: July 1948
2 × 28.5 cm
Object number: 2018.21.7
Credit Line: Farley Mowat Collection
Not on view

In 1947, Canadian writer and environmentalist Farley Mowat (1921-2014) worked as a field technician for the American naturalist, Francis Harper, studying barren-ground caribou in the Nueltin Lake area in what is now Nunavut’s Kivalliq Region. Around 1948, he began work with Frank Banfield, then Chief Mammalogist of the newly formed Canadian Wildlife Service, in the same area. Mowat likely collected these objects during his time in Nunavut with Banfield.

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